Monday, 11 November 2013

South coast and Surrey (10/11/2013)

First stop was Gosport where the Ring-billed Gull was present on the nearby creek and even my short supply of bread wasn't large enough to lure it over.  There was an adult Mediterranean Gull also nearby.  Then someone else started throwing out larger amounts of bread and the Ring-billed Gull flew over to the melee and then was seen very well on the causeway on the boating lake.

Next stop was Hayling oyster beds where I was told the Long-tailed Duck was tidal.  However, after scanning the estuary the duck was seen to swim out from behind the island on one of the oyster beds - it must have been sitting on the rear of the island.  It was seen at close quarters until it swam over to the far side of the oyster bed.

I then had a long (25 minute) walk south along the estuary where I picked up the Black Brant in amongst a large flock of Brent Geese.

Final stop was at Papercourt sailing club where eventually the juvenile Great Northern Diver was seen on the far side of the lake.

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